The Informer

The Informer

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Berlin in 1930 is a city of dark paranoia and covert power struggles, where violence can erupt at any moment. The Brownshirts dominate the streets, but the Red Front is building its insurgence.

Gaelle, a beautiful but desperate young prostitute with a scar across one side of her face, trades in something far more powerful-and dangerous-than sex: information . To possess her, men will do more than pay-they will tell her secrets. What Gaelle wants is protection.

Felix, a sixteen-year-old boy with a lame foot, negotiates Gaelle's price, accompanies her in limousines when she feels threatened, and reminds her to take care of herself. But can he really keep her from harm?

Armina Treffen is an investigator for the Berlin Police. Several women's bodies have been found in the park, murdered in the same manner, and Armina, too, seeks Gaelle's confidence to help her catch a serial killer.

Even as Gaelle tries to protect herself by possessing information, she becomes more entangled in a complex web of politics and murder in a city in which men will go to any length to maintain the power of silence.

In this taut literary thriller, acclaimed author Craig Nova masterfully captures the menace and malice of pre-war Berlin through the eyes of characters dealing with forces far beyond their control.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9780307236937
Branch Call Number: FICTION NOV

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Nov 29, 2010

An interesting storyline here about a young woman detective in late 1920s Berlin and the social characteristics of the city in that time.

The book was infuriating for terrible editing. A prostitute, in fear of the man she has joined in the back of a chaufer-driven vehicle, steps out of the car and walks behind it after the car has moved through a stoplight into the fog. Fancy stepping, that.

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